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"Embracing cultural values and the wisdom of the past"

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Tangata Whenua - People of the Land

Iwi are essential contributors to the vision we have for our community and we recognise the value of iwi participation across all our work.

SmartGrowth has worked with Tangata Whenua to set the scene for programmes and activities that have embedded tangata whenua values and aspirations in the SmartGrowth Strategy. 

This wealth of cultural heritage resource has informed SmartGrowth partners and the community in their decision making around the protection of heritage values. Significant view shafts or visual links to important landmarks like Mauao are protected and a cultural heritage strategy has been initiated. 

The Combined Tangata Whenua Forum (CTWF) has made significant gains on Maori engagement and participation at governance level as well as advocacy of affordable housing, water management and other issues identified by SmartGrowth.

Progress so far

  • Completion of Te Keteparaha Mo Ngā Papakainga – Māori Housing Toolkit – this toolkit is often used as a leading example in other areas of New Zealand
  • Development of Maori demographics research and publication to inform future planning
  • Tangata whenua are involved strongly in SmartGrowth from governance through to management and implementation

Listen to Ngāti Kahu Te Pura Trust Chairman Piripi Hikairo and Vice Chair Mita Rahiri talk about the papakainga housing project on Radio NZ


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